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Judge dismisses much of cities’ challenge to fringe benefits law

Posted by   /  November 17, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A judge has thrown out part of the challenge to a new state law that bars cities and towns from telling private employers what fringe benefits and paid time off they have to provide for workers. In a ruling released Wednesday, Maricopa County Superior Court […]

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Pipeline protest draws hundreds to Flagstaff City Hall

Posted by   /  November 16, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Heidi Hommel | Special to the Arizona Daily Sun With drums beating and people chanting, the front lawn of Flagstaff City Hall looked like something from the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the Dakotas Tuesday night. Hundreds of people gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline, holding signs that read “Oil is dead” and […]

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State Supreme Court rules state retirement plan law unconstitutional

Posted by   /  November 11, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times A 2011 state law requiring employees to pay more into their retirement plans is unconstitutional, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday, meaning higher future expenses for state and local governments. In a divided ruling, the justices said that when judges took the bench they […]

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State agency shames workers by publicizing workplace arrests

Posted by   /  October 29, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Gary Grado | Arizona Capitol Times Gary Phillips was just one of almost 500 employees fired since Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries took the helm of the social-services agency. Phillips’ termination had a higher profile, though, because it came with a press release, an arrest in the office, and the accusation from […]

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Workers cite harassment, retaliation in ‘toxic’ national parks

Posted by   /  September 23, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Adam DeRose | Cronkite News National Park Service employees continue to suffer from a “toxic” work culture that has allowed for rampant sexual misconduct and a culture of retaliation, park workers told a House committee Thursday. The hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee followed an Interior Department report earlier this year […]

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Appeals court ruling weakens Uber driver class action

Posted by   /  September 7, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law, Transportation  /  No Comments

Decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals applies to lawsuit challenging background check practices By Greg Bensinger and Lauren Weber | The Wall Street Journal Uber Technologies Inc. was handed a victory Wednesday in a fight with its legions of drivers after an appeals court ruled most of the contract workers must resolve their […]

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Public employee morale is bad

Posted by   /  August 23, 2016  /  Employment Law  /  No Comments

The private sector has learned the value of engaging its workers. Government needs to take advantage of that. By Howard Risher | Governing Too many public employers are missing out on something important and valuable. Government should be a great place to work. Public service should make for very satisfying careers. We know from studies […]

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[OP-ED] Big hearing Tuesday on rate case that could make or break solar in Arizona

Posted by   /  August 5, 2016  /  Employment Law, Featured News, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Unisource Energy’s rate case will set a precedent for five pending Arizona cases, dooming or ensuring our march toward clean energy. (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussions purposes only.) By Sandy Bahr and Richard Castanon | The Arizona Republic On Aug. 9, the Arizona Corporation Commission will vote on the Unisource Energy (UNSE) […]

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One of nation’s toughest unemployment laws ruled unconstitutional in Missouri

Posted by   /  July 28, 2016  /  Courts/Law, Employment Law  /  No Comments

By Kurt Erickson | Tribune News Service A state law that capped unemployment benefits for laid off workers at 13 weeks has been found unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court. In a 4-3 decision, the high court found that the Republican-led Legislature incorrectly approved the change, which slashed the maximum number of weeks of jobless […]

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Closing gender gap could mean millions to Arizona cities

Posted by   /  July 10, 2016  /  Employment Law, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Liz Farmer | Governing Want to grow your economy? Close the gender gap. That’s the advice from a new report that says states and cities could add up to $4.3 billion to their annual economic output simply by focusing on policies that create a more equitable environment for women in the workforce. The report, […]

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